JOSEPH M. BELLEZZO, M.D. Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Emergency Medicine and Medical Management

Specialty Focus:

Airway, Central Line, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Attack, Stroke, Appendicitis, Epidural Abscess, Aortic Dissection, Pulmonary Embolism, Ectopic Pregnancy, Head Trauma, Trauma, Testicular Torsion, Ovarian Torsion, CPR, ECPR, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, ACLS, Tendon, Laceration, Chest Pain


MD with distinction in Research, St. Louis University School of Medicine; BS Biology, Loyola Marymount University

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Expertise: - Board Certified in Emergency Medicine - American Board of Emergency Medicine - Current practice: full time Emergency Medicine at a suburban, community-based. Level 2 Trauma Center in San Diego, CA - Current position: Chief-of-Staff Elect of the hospital Medical Staff - Current position: Chair of the hospitals Foundation Board of Directors - Current position: Emergency Department ECMO Director - Current hospital board positions: 1. Sharp Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors (Chair) 2. Sharp Healthcare Board of Directors - Current committee positions: 1. Medical Executive Committee, Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Staff 2. Sharp Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Committee 3. Sharp Healthcare Information Technology Committee 4. Sharp Geriatric Steering Committee 5. Emergency Department Supervisory Committee - Current position: Co-Founder/host/ - Professional specialization in resuscitation, vascular access & procedures, trauma, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Extracorporeal CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR), cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary bypass, stroke and shock. - Expertise in high risk Emergency Medicine - I was the first Emergency Physician in the World to successfully use ECMO (heart-lung bypass) in the Emergency Department to resuscitate a patient who suffered cardiac arrest from heart attack. - Founded the first U.S. Emergency Department ECMO program. - Experienced international speaker on advanced resuscitation, shock, cardiac arrest and ECMO. - Author of several medical textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles - ALS, ACLS, BLS, and PALS certified. - ATLS course instructor